Clinton aide called Netanyahu a ruthless ‘wing nut’ and Israel ‘depressing’

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Another hot Wikileaks email has broken out of the Clinton camp today: that Clinton adviser Neera Tanden wrote, “Man Israel is depressing,” after Benjamin Netanyahu won reelection, March 17, 2015.

Man Israel is depressing

It’s a good lesson that the wing nuts are just ruthless in every country.

John Podesta, the Clinton campaign chair, responded: “Bad.” The “ruthless” line would appear to refer to Benjamin Netanyahu’s last minute appeal to his voters, saying Arabs are coming to the polls in droves, and his promise that he would not allow a Palestinian state on his watch.

Donald Trump has seized on the leak to try and drive a wedge among Israel supporters.

But bear in mind that Tanden brought the ruthless wingnut to the Center for American Progress for an intimate and fawning conversation in November 2015. Privately she thought he was a wingnut. Publicly she smiled and kissed up to him.

Why? In a word, she needs to keep Haim Saban, megadonor, happy.

Last night at Temple Emanu-El in New York, Jeffrey Goldberg said the big divide in the Democratic Party over Israel is between the rank-and-file and the “donor class,” which he said was largely Jewish, and which holds conservative views on Israel. We’ve said the same for a long time.

Now it appears that the professional class of the Democratic Party is also sick of Israel. Though all signs are that Hillary Clinton is going to tamp all this down.

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  1. Kay24
    October 28, 2016, 5:02 pm

    Yeah, he is a wingnut and Israel’s crimes are depressing, but hey they keep giving us the big moola’s for our campaign, so let’s pretend to be nice to him.

  2. kalithea
    October 28, 2016, 5:50 pm

    Hillary’s just as much of a wingnut as Netanyahu. If she had it her way there would never be elections in the Palestinian Territories, and if there are, than the U.S. better fix the outcome.

    • Krauss
      October 30, 2016, 5:15 am

      Indeed, I’m surprised (not really) over how little the MSM has covered Hillary’s blatant endorsement of a coup in the Palestinian territories.

      The good effect all these leaks have is to once and for all sink any remaining credibility she even attempts to build on the question. Palestinians can just point to this audio and ask how she can even attempt to try and be an honest broker.

      Once again, the shameful silence of the MSM underlines just how deeply embedded they are within the larger democratic party apparatus.

  3. oldgeezer
    October 28, 2016, 5:59 pm

    He is indeed a wing nut. It’s one of his least vile characteristics.

  4. JWalters
    October 28, 2016, 6:51 pm

    “Jeffrey Goldberg said the big divide in the Democratic Party over Israel is between the rank-and-file and the ‘donor class'”

    The donor ‘class’ has a heap of lying to do.

    • inbound39
      October 29, 2016, 1:04 am

      And that will not be difficult to identify given every time a right wing Israeli Government Officials lips move, he or she is lying. It’s ALL they have left.

    • echinococcus
      October 29, 2016, 11:24 am

      And the rank-and-file is lying to itself.

  5. kalithea
    October 28, 2016, 9:39 pm

    And the big divide is based on how far do they go in screwing the Palestinians of their rights but definitely not on whether screwing them is off the table.

  6. inbound39
    October 29, 2016, 1:11 am

    Given all the serious allegations and questions hanging over Hilary Clinton the Justice Department has a public obligation to pull her from the Election campaign and properly investigate her. Not doing so is exactly the problem that constantly undermines the integrity and status of the American Government globally. Sooner or later America is going to have to face up squarely to the damage the Israeli Lobby is doing to American Governance and the nefarious issues they are engaging in to ensure they continue to keep Israel impune from prosecution for its crimes. The people around the World in the majority are not going to support America until it does take action. And that goes for the UK Government also.

  7. RoHa
    October 29, 2016, 2:25 am

    There really is such a thing as a wing nut. As a term of abuse, it began as “right-wing nut”, but the “right” got lost.

    A similar thing happened with “a fine-toothed comb”, which when subjected both to shortening and to the American inability to pronounce a final alveolar stop, became “a tooth comb”.

    And since I never comb my teeth, I have never found one of those things.

  8. captADKer
    October 29, 2016, 9:32 am

    is neera tandem an arabraic name?

  9. Kathleen
    October 29, 2016, 11:23 am

    Neera “It’s a good lesson that the wing nuts are just ruthless in every country.” Neera’s boss falls into the “ruthless” category on foreign policy decisions, Iraq, Libya, Syria. Seriously ruthless HRC,

    Neera’s lip prints are all over BB’s ass, That interview was the most ass kissing I had ever seen,

  10. Kathleen
    October 29, 2016, 11:26 am

    Sounds like the “rank and file” are so beneath Goldberg,

  11. silamcuz
    October 30, 2016, 6:51 am

    Madam Hillary will always be on the side of justice. She sacrificed so much for what should be her birthright, the leadership of this country. Appearing pro-Israel and pro-Zionism in public, is also one of her greatest sacrifice, because at the end of the day, that’s what you have to do in order to go anywhere within the American political landscape. Because of her actions, she was ruthlessly mocked, attacked and derided as being a shill for the Zionists, by people claiming to be enlightened progressives usually but she didn’t let any of it affect her.

    Israel/Zionism is white supremacy. White supremacy is losing in America, it’s losing in the UK, it’s losing in Germany, its losing in France, its losing in Australia, it’s losing in New Zealand. If Hillary wanted to be on the losing side, she would have long joined the Republicans.

    • Annie Robbins
      October 30, 2016, 3:08 pm

      Appearing pro-Israel and pro-Zionism in public, is also one of her greatest sacrifice, because at the end of the day, that’s what you have to do in order to go anywhere within the American political landscape. Because of her actions, she was ruthlessly mocked, attacked and derided as being a shill for the Zionists, by people claiming to be enlightened progressives

      it buggers the mind how you come up w/this crap

  12. biggerjake
    October 30, 2016, 11:58 am

    I find it somewhat comforting that behind the scenes the Clinton camp really sees Netanyahu for what he is: a murdering, lying, stealing, insane piece of dog excrement.

    And I don’t hold it against any of them that they say only nice things about him in public. Everyone harbors resentments and ill thoughts about other people in our lives which we would never admit in public.

    Israel is depressing and so is the way the Clinton camp supports the Zionist enterprise and denies the rights of the Palestinians. Hillary has done so much in her life to help children and marginalized women….how can she be so callous about the Palestinian women and children? How can she in good conscience condemn BDS when it is a nonviolent civil action that doesn’t break any laws and is surely protected by the first amendment?

    Is there any hope that she will change her public stance on Israel? If the Obama record is any indication, the only change would be in the wrong direction…

  13. Citizen
    October 30, 2016, 12:03 pm

    Anybody see these Wikileaks?

    Wikileaks: email of prominent Jewish Zionist lawyer advising US officials how to hurt #IranDeal & #BDS, for #Israel: https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/1197

    Wikileaks: Instructions give #Hillary her marching orders on #IranDeal & #BDS, from prominent Jewish Zionist lawyer: https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/272

    • Annie Robbins
      October 30, 2016, 1:38 pm

      citizen, i think phil has covered both of those (as i recall). btw, jake sullivan, the recipient of the first email, is clinton’s (campaign) top foreign policy advisor. Eizenstat is her campaign go between re all things israel/lobby.

      so he has a meeting w/netanyahu and relays netanyahu’s position to clinton and then to the US ambassador to israel.

  14. Citizen
    October 30, 2016, 12:11 pm

    My comments not showing up

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